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Bachelor of Arts in Citizenship and Civic Engagement

Bachelor of Arts in Citizenship and Civic Engagement

Syracuse University

Main Campus, Syracuse, United States
  • QS World University Rankings
    651-700
  • Degree Other
  • Study Level Bachelors
The Maxwell Program in Citizenship and Civic Engagement is an individually customized interdisciplinary plan of study for students who wish to connect the disciplinary focus of one of the traditional Maxwell/College of Arts and Sciences undergraduate degrees in the social sciences with the Maxwell tradition of dedication to persistent, committed involvement in the local, national, and international communities in which we live. The program entails two majors: 1) one major chosen from the existing social-science disciplines within Maxwell (Anthropology, Economics, Geography, History, International Relations, Political Science, Policy Studies, and Sociology) or a related discipline outside of Maxwell that entails a substantial social-science focus; and 2) the Citizenship and Civic Engagement major, constructed by the student and his or her faculty advisors in a manner that brings the disciplinary tools gained in pursuit of the social-sciences major to bear on questions of citizenship, civic engagement, and public affairs. The program thus integrates for its students two of the great strengths of the Maxwell School-excellence in the social sciences and a dedication to the public good-and provides pathways for producing direct, meaningful connections between knowledge and action. The Program begins with a sequence of lower- and upper-division courses, which coordinates the experiences of students in the various disciplinary majors and directs them towards the defining requirement of the major: the senior-level Action Plan Workshop, in which students design and implement, as much as possible, a concrete strategy for addressing an issue of local, national, or international concern. The Action Plan will rely on the training received in the student’s social-science discipline, but it will not be a traditional academic thesis; rather, the goal will be to study, understand, and act on an issue deemed important by the student herself. The Program requires thirty-one credit hours of coursework, in addition to the requirements for the separate social science or other majors; some of these courses will fulfill other Arts and Sciences and departmental requirements at the same time.